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Fund Details

Donation Link: Coming Soon !!!!

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Thank you for visiting Chanelle’s Cause! Since the launch of my website in April 2011, $2700 has been raised thus far, which $1000 of that enabled me to attend the Annual Conference of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, held September, 5-7, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada (See my post from September 2011 to read all about it!). The remainder of those funds have gone towards the purchase and installation of hand controls for my car so that I can start driving myself around again! Many thanks to all who have donated already and for all future donations!!!

The main piece of equipment I am raising money for, which insurance has denied coverage of, is the Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) cycle. Read more about this piece of equipment below and to donate via Paypal, please click the “Donate” button on the right hand side of the page.

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) cycle


The pictures above show me using this piece of equipment at the rehab hospital. After each physical therapy session I ride the bike for 30-60 minutes, 3 days a week. It would be extremely beneficial to have a bike in my home to use on my own time and for longer periods of time. The FES bike is priority since it serves as a restorative therapeutic piece of equipment and research shows that it is critical in the rehab and recovery of persons with a spinal cord injury (SCI). If you click on the link above you can view a video of how it works. Electrodes are attached to different parts of the legs, the bike begins to cycle, and after a warm-up period electrical stimulation begins. The electrical current stimulates nerves to evoke muscle contractions. FES creates patterned movement of my legs, enabling my muscles to work and perform active cycling even though my injury has caused loss of voluntary control in muscles below my level of injury. The benefits of cycling include:

  • Relaxation of muscle spasms
  • Prevention of disuse atrophy
  • Increased local blood circulation
  • Maintenance of joint range of motion

Remaining Funds

 As noted on my “About Chanelle” page, the remaining funds will be split between the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) and the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities. The therapists, doctors, day program coordinator, social workers and even other patients at NRH have made such a difference in my road to recovery in which I am truly thankful for. I was an outpatient at NRH from October 2009 to March 2012 and each therapy session with my wonderful therapist, Katie, was hard work as different and innovative techniques were trialed, helping to remain positive and open-minded.  Many sessions resulted in us both sweating! Thanks Katie!

*How you can help:
To donate simply click on the Donate button at the top of this Web page.  You can also make a donation via Paypal or via check, made out to “Chanelle Houston” and with “FES Bike” in the memo.